Hotel Elysee by Library Hotel Collection
What We Love
- Guests can request a featherbed for their mattress when they arrive at no additional charge
- Windows in the guestrooms actually open
- Free WiFi
- READ MORE: Where to eat, play and shop in NY
What To Know
- Streetside and deluxe rooms can get noisy; request a room on a higher floor
- Geared toward couples, not families
- No on-site fitness center, but guests of the hotel get passes to nearby New York Sports Club
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
Dark wood furniture and red velvet accents set the mood in this 1920s boutique hotel, a throwback that nods to Hollywood glamour. Named for one of New York’s top French restaurants of that time, the Hotel Elysée was once a favorite of New York’s rich and famous. Today the 100-room spot hosts travelers looking for a great location and locals power-lunching at Graydon Carter’s Monkey Bar.
Bed and Bath
The 100 guestrooms have a European flair, with antique-style armoires and writing desks and a lush mix of stripes, florals and brocades. Modern amenities include large (but well-hidden) flat-screen TVs and iPod docks. Marble bathrooms spoil guests with stately pedestal sinks and Gilchrist & Soames products.
The hotel’s Monkey Bar is such a New York legend that it’s gotten almost as much screen time (Mad Men, Sex and the City) as the celebs who dine here. Try to reserve one of the round booths lining the walls beneath the 1950s murals for the best views of the power lunchers and New York characters downing dirty martinis. Plus, in a throwback to the 1920s, the hotel offers a weekday cocktail reception from 5 to 8 p.m., with champagne, fine wines and plenty of hors d’oeuvres.
How to Get There
Whenever we visit NYC, this is where we stay. We wouldn't even think of staying anywhere else.
Before we discovered Hotel Elysee, we did stay elsewhere (in midtown Manhattan). But, after our 1st stay, we knew we had found our home away from home. It meets all our needs. It has everything we could possibly want & then some.
I would describe the vibe/decor as simple elegance. The room rates are reasonable & affordable. The "perks" provided at no extra cost are many.
I have only positive things to say about this high-end, luxury hotel that exudes class.
The staff - friendly, cheerful, efficient, professional, courteous
The rooms - clean, comfy, cozy & quiet, well-equipped (they even provide a in-room safe)
The location - ideal, within walking distance to SO much to see & do
Treat yourself & experience ALL that Hotel Elysee has to offer.
Service staff was friendly and very accommodating. The amenities of the breakfast and evening Bar worked out very well for our group, both as a gathering place, and a flexible (and quick if needed) place for food & drink. Common rooms and hallways need to be updated, but the experience was excellent. Thank you.
This is a fabulous hotel! Warm, intimate cozy, staff are super smart and attentive, rooms are beyond lovely and comfortable. The is my ideal home away from home! I look forward to exploring its sister properties in the Collection.
A rare find in New York City! A hotel that includes a continental breakfast, and wine and appetizers in the early evening! This hotel is in the perfect location and the staff is very friendly and accommodating! It is a small boutique style hotel, so there is only one elevator, but the room was surprisingly large and the bed was very comfortable. I would highly recommend this hotel and will stay here again for any future visits!
One of those old New York hotels that look to survive on their location and what they see as their old world charm. The room was sizeable enough, but as usual a view into an internal chasm and some old air con equipment. The bathroom has not been done up for decades. The breakfast room is poor. The lifts pokey. You get the drift. And of course expensive for what it is. Guys, time for some serious updating!